Capital Area Transit

A picture of a highway traffic jam.
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Fortify project crews have begun to reduce the roadway from five lanes to four on the I-40/440 split to Hammond Road, and from four lanes to three from Hammond Road to Lake Wheeler Road.

A picture of a Triangle Transit bus.
Traingle Transit

Wake County has unveiled four options for its new transit plan.

The choices are divided between rapid rail and bus plans. One option in each category concentrates on frequent service for limited routes. The other option of each would expand coverage while sacrificing frequency. 

CAT Bus Route #4 Rex Hospital at a bus stop on Hillsborough Street in Downtown Raleigh.
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Wake County has taken plans for a light rail system off the table, for now.

The county's Transit Advisory Committee voted this week on which plans to present for public comment.

Jason Horne of Raleigh is on the 50-plus member committee.

"We have a duty, I believe, to give the best bang for the buck to the tax payers who are investing in this. And the light rail is significantly more expensive for the benefit that you would get when we could get a lot of the same benefit at the much lower cost with bus rapid transit or rapid rail transit."

A picture of an R-line bus.

Raleigh has commissioned a private consultant to evaluate the free downtown circulator bus system.

The R-Line was created in 2009 to boost tourism and economic development, and the city pays $1 million per year to keep it running.

But riders of Raleigh's Capital Area Transit bus system say it's unfair that they have to pay fares on the separate system. Most CAT riders live below the poverty line and depend on the system for their commute. Raleigh will raise the $1 fare by $.50 next year.

City of Raleigh

Bus riders in the Triangle are invited to weigh in on proposed fare hikes for Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit.  Officials for the agencies say they haven't raised fares since 2005 for Triangle Transit and the last time Raleigh buses raised rates was in 2007. 

John Tallmadge is the Director of Regional Services Development for Triangle Transit.  He says ridership has more than doubled for his service since the last rate hike.

City of Raleigh

Triangle residents are being invited this week to consider public transportation as a commuter option.  Local and regional systems are taking part in "Try Transit Week" hoping to get people out of their cars and on a bus to work or play. 

 Capital Area Transit is offering special events every day to entice new riders.  Lindsay Pennell handles marketing for the Raleigh bus service.  She says over the years they've been able change some people's transportation choice.